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Mastering Eclipse Plug-in Development by Dr. Alex Blewitt

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Chapter 9. Deploying and Updating with P2

As a modular end user application, Eclipse has always been able to update itself and install new content. Under the covers, Eclipse has always consisted of a number of plug-ins as well as a number of features (a way of aggregating plug-ins). The original update mechanism, the classic update manager, provided a simple way to install and update features and plug-ins (bundles). In Eclipse 3.4, a mechanism called P2 was created that allowed more powerful update mechanisms and included the ability to update native code and configuration files. P2 provides a means to provision, run, update, and configure Eclipse-based applications.

Eclipse P2

The "P2" of Eclipse P2 was derived from "provisioning platform", but ...

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